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“Inclusion and Protection of Children in and through Sport”

7-8 October 2013
Budapest, Hungary


The conference was co-organised by the EPAS and the Hungarian Secretariat of Sport, in co-operation with the Council of Europe’s ONE in FIVE Campaign to stop sexual violence against children. It addressed two main issues: the inclusion of children in vulnerable situations in sport so that they can take advantage of the benefits which sport offers and the protection of children against sexual harassment in sport.

The conference brought together delegates from the world of research, sports movement and public authorities.

The first day of the conference revolved around workshops grouping together different stakeholders on themes such as:
• Roma children and sport
• Young athletes and migration
• Children in vulnerable situations

The second day focussed on protecting children and young people from violence and sexual abuse within sport. Patrik Sjöberg, former World High-jump Champion, answered the questions of our journalist.

The conference was opened by Mr Zoltán Balog, Minister of Human Resources of Hungary.

    · Presentations

Opening speeches
Maria Ochoa-Llido, Director ad interim of Human Rights and Antidiscrimination, Council of Europe

Emilio Butragueño Santos, Director of Institutional Relations, Real Madrid FC

Speakers :

Stanislas Frossard, Executive Secretary of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport, Council of Europe

Benjamin Perks, Unicef Representative in Montenegro

Johan van den Hout, Thematic Spokesperson on Children of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe

Jean-Claude Mbvoumin, Foot solidaire

Jeff Reymond, EU Athletes